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Legislative Action Alert: February 26, 2019

It is the final week before transmittal and we are in a full-on sprint working to stop several anti-conservation bills. If you are able to call your legislators, please do! Our second citizen lobby day is scheduled for March 22, and we would love to see you there. Please RSVP by contacting Amy Seaman ([email protected]) or Wyatt Smith (ws[email protected]).

As always, many thanks for your support!

Amy & Wyatt

Greater Sage-Grouse Stewardship Act Threatened

Update 9:00 am, 2/26: SB 299 has moved to the full senate. Please reach out to your state senator today and ask them to vote no on SB 299.

SB 299, introduced by Senator Mike Lang, represents the first major legislative attempt to gut the sage-grouse Stewardship Act. This bill would exempt certain current land-uses from provisions of the plan, lower the bar for mitigation plan approval, reduce the mitigation value of conservation easements and add a number of oversight team reporting requirements. The bill requires the program to balance economic incentives with conserving sage-grouse for each independent project, losing focus of the big picture – balancing sage-grouse conservation with the statewide, socio-economic impact of a potential Endangered Species listing. Ask your legislator to vote no.

Find your legislator.

Bill: SB 299 – Generally revise laws related to sage grouse conservation

Status: Hearing in Senate Natural Resource

Montana Audubon Position – Oppose


Senate Natural Resource

Sen. Jeff Welborn (R-Dillon)

Sen. Tom Richmond (R-Billings)

Sen. JP Pomnichowski (D-Bozeman)

Sen. Duane Ankney (R-Colstrip)

Sen. Dick Barrett (D-Missoula)

Sen. John Esp (R-Big Timber)

Sen. Pat Flowers (D-Belgrade)

Sen. Bruce Gillespie (R-Bethridge)

Sen. Brian Hoven (R-Great Falls)

Sen. Tom Jacobson (D-Great Falls)

Sen. Scott Sales (R-Bozeman)

Hunting Wolves at Night

HB 551, introduced by Representative Bob Brown, (HD 13- Thompson Falls) would do simply what the title of the bill reads: allow wolf hunting at night. This bill bans the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks commission from limiting wolf hunting hours to daylight. This is a gross attack on ethical hunting in our state and raises many human safety concerns. Please call your legislator and let them know that you support ethical hunting in our state and that this bill goes against those principles.

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Bill: House Bill 551 – Allow wolf hunting at night

Status: Waiting for Committee Executive Action

Montana Audubon Position – Oppose


House Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

Rep. Ross Fitzgerald (R-Fairfield)

Rep. Zac Perry (D-Hungry Horse)

Rep. Seth Berglee (R-Joliet)

Rep. Neil Duram (R-Eureka)

Rep. Robert Farris-Olson (D-Helena)

Rep. Zach Brown (D-Bozeman)

Rep. John Fuller (R-Kalispell)

Rep. Rhonda Knudsen (R-Culbertson)

Rep. Joel Krautter (R-Sidney)

Rep. Denley Loge (R-Saint Regis)

Rep. Tyson Runningwolf (D-Browning)

Rep. Bridget Smith (D-Wolf Point)

Rep. Sharon Steward Peregoy (D-Crow Agency)

Rep. Mark Sweeney (D-Philipsburg)

Rep. Sue Vinton (R-Billings)

Rep. Marvin Weathermax (D-Browning)

Rep. Kerry White (R-Bozeman)


County Control of Buffalo

HB 332, introduced by Rep. Joshua Kassmier, would require approval by a board of county commissioners prior to wild bison or wild buffalo were released into a county. This erodes Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ authority over wildlife, and the bill is written so that prohibiting bison in a county could be enforced by a county growth policy. This would be the only instance when a growth policy has regulatory power. This bill has made it out of committee and is being heard on the House Floor — Please call your legislator and ask them to to vote no.

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Bill: House Bill 332 – An Act requiring authorization of the board of county commissioners before wild buffalo or wild bison are released into a county. 

Status: 2nd Reading on the House Floor

Montana Audubon Position – Oppose


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